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I just wanted to be super duper sure of this. I got the win8 preview now. I want to install it as an upgrade to the windows 7. However I definately want to make a backup or copy of my current win7. If I use "backup and restore" and burn an image to a dvd, this will properly save everything I have right now? Or just like the main windows OS programs and settings?

For example I have windows 8 on. And I use that backup disc to put in the drive and use it will it restore it to how it is right this second? Or is it just for recoverying windows 7 to itself? Cause that would be some serious compressing..

If not, could I just use my win7 install disc to revert it with all programs and settings still the same?

Any other suggestions or links on how to do this would be appreciated.

I'm not interested in dual booting.
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No compressing, it will ask for more DVDs. Just copy everything important manually smile.gif Safest course.
Do you have a spare HDD?
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First off...

You will need the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Key: NF32V - Q9P3W - 7DR7Y - JGWRW - JFCK8

This key works on ALL Windows 8 Preview DVD Copies.

I suppose if you make a backup of your hard drive, meaning save all of your files or make a Hard Drive Image, so that you can restore your computer later, I suppose it would be OK to upgrade.

However if you plan on Keeping Windows 8, then definitely do a fresh install, because if you choose the upgrade option, then if your computer crashes, you will have to go through the process of installing Windows 7 first, then going through the Windows 8 Upgrade, which is a huge hassle, believe me, so it's best to only do a fresh install, trust me on this one.
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get oracle virtual box and kick the tires. I did anyhow, and I am grateful I'm not stuck with win8.
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I have another hard drive with older windows 7. On my last mobo the sata controller was bad but I thought it was HDDs So I'd move onto new ones. I can just wipe that and install win 8 but windows says that hard drive is failing. I think it'd just be false readings from firmware or something but I already replaced it a bit ago.
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